Jamaica News, Montego Bay: Dancehall reggae artiste Leroy Russell, popular known as “Tommy Lee”, was ordered to be released from custody when he appeared in the St James Parish Court on Tuesday morning, May 29.
Presiding Judge, Sandrea Wong-Small pointed out to the prosecution bench that, Tommy Lee who was taken into custody close to two weeks, was arrested improperly and not in the due rights within the State of Public Emergency. So she ordered him to be released.
During his previous appearance in court, Judge Wong-Small gave the police seven days to come up with a justification for the detention of dancehall artist. On Tuesday, the arresting team did not seem to have any concrete evidence under which to hold the entertainer into their custody.
Tommy Lee was taken into custody in Kingston and transported to St James where he was being held under the State of Emergency. His lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson filed a habeas corpus in the Parish Court during his first representation of the artist on Tuesday, May 22, to have his client released from custody.
Tommy Lee was taken into custody early on Sunday morning, May 20, right after he had just finished performing on the popular dancehall television series Magnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall which was being held at Manor Park in St Andrew.
The entertainer who was born in Flankers, St James but has been living in Kingston since the past four years was then transported to St James, where he is being held at the Freeport lockup under the State of Public Emergency.
A number of his fans and residents of Flankers who gathered outside the Court House in Montego Bay say they are very happy that the artist has been released from custody. Several of the entertainer’s fans say they are now very concern with the actions of the police as this is not the first time that the entertainer has been taken into custody by the police during the Reggae Sumfest season.
By Henry Bucknor